Nova - Wings of Love. 1977 Italy-England
CD reissues: 2006 Arista/BMG (Japan mini-LP); 2013 Northworld (UK)
Nova's 3rd album Wings of Love sees the band heading further out in commercial waters. It would be easy to slag off Wings of Love on that fact alone, except this is a wonderful serious fusion album, with a couple of well-written radio styled jazz pop tunes mixed within. In other words, Nova is still more Mahavishnu Orchestra than George Benson. And besides how many Italian-UK combos have a song about the TV show Gunsmoke? A diamond in the rough if there ever was one, and if on a budget, lesser condition US LP's (second scan - different cover) can still be found cheap in used record stores for less than a milkshake.
On this latter note, there were close to a dozen pressings initially given the band's relative commercial success. Until the Northworld release, finding Wings of Love on CD was a challenge with only the expensive Japanese mini as an option. I recently picked that one up myself on a good deal. I'm sure I had the US LP at some point, but I think I can live without it....